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About TMJ


Specializing in
Non Surgical
TMJ Pain Treatment

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About TMJ


Specializing in
Non Surgical
TMJ Pain Treatment

Non-Surgical TMJ Pain Treatment

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The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is a complex joint that allows for opening and closing of the mouth. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a unique joint that connects the mandible to the skull via an intricate suspension system of ligaments and muscles. These small muscles that are used for chewing are considered some of the strongest muscles in the body. The TMJ works with many systems to perform chewing, stabilizing the spine and even the upper shoulder girdle. This joint can become inflamed and cause chronic pain greatly affecting your quality of life.

TMJ pain is also known as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). TMD can begin due to disc displacement, whiplash incidents, malocclusion, teeth grinding, arthritis and systemic diseases. TMD left untreated can lead to long term implications which is why early detection is important.

 


 

TMJ pain produces a multitude of symptoms that a patient can experience such as:

  • Migraine like headaches
  • Tooth Pain
  • Teeth Grinding
  • Numbness or tingling of fingers
  • Dizziness
  • Neck, shoulder or back pain
  • Pain behind eyes
  • Earaches or tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Pain in or around the jaw joints
  • Crepitus (grinding sound)
  • Clicking or popping
  • Locking or limited range of motion
 
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TMJ Care


TMJ Care

TMJ Care


TMJ Care

 

TMJ CARE

TMJ disorders can be very painful. Dr. Flores will first address symptoms control. Symptoms control is not a permanent fix; however, it will help much of the pain associated with TMD. During the first phase of care, Dr. Flores will attempt to break the cycle of muscle spasms and inflammation, thereby relieving pain. The second phase of care will attempt to break the cycle of pain with more permanent means of treatment. The TMJ is a complex joint that requires its muscular components to function optimally. The joint will stay in proper alignment and will work well if imbalances are corrected. We accomplish this by ensuring both sides of the jaw muscles are of equal length to prevent uneven pulling of the jaw complex.

Non-Surgical TMJ Treatments can include:
 

  • Referral for an intra-oral splint
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Myofascial release techniques
  • Manipulative therapy
  • Low Level Laser Therapy
  • Activity Modification and more


During your consultation, Dr. Flores will examine you and your medical history to determine your best course of care. Dr. Flores uses an integrative approach. He works with several dentists in the area to provide the best treatment possible for his patients. After the examination, he will provide you with a comprehensive non-surgical treatment plan on how best to treat your condition.